Time-lapse video shows rebuilding of the Atlanta I-85 bridge collapse, completed in only six weeks
The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department was recognized as a Utility of the Future Today on Sept. 27 by a partnership of water sector organizations including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the WateReuse Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inaugural program recognizes utilities with proven success in innovative and sustainable management practices.
City Digital, a Chicago-based UI LABS collaboration, announced it has developed the underlying technology components to create a new underground infrastructure mapping (UIM) platform. The platform will generate, organize, visualize, and store 3D underground infrastructure data.
The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) announced a partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals with enhanced leadership development and access to the countrys top corporations with interest in recruiting management level professionals with experience in science and technology disciplines.
The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on Introduction to AISI S400-15, North American Standard for Seismic Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Systems, 2015 Edition on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo announced the winners of the third annual CAMX Award, sponsored by Ashland. The winner of this year’s Unsurpassed Innovation Award is Kreysler & Associates for its ultra-lightweight and fire-resistant fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) cladding panel system.
Swiss professional drone maker senseFly signed an agreement with Maptek, experts in precision measurement and visualization for the mining industry, that enables Maptek to offer its customers a full, end-to-end data collection and analysis solution.
Just one week shy of the anniversary of a catastrophic thousand-year rain in South Carolina, Woolperts video on its groundbreaking disaster relief efforts employed immediately following that event was recognized. The video details the actions Woolpert took in the wake of the flooding in which 36 dams failed, 19 people were killed and 20,000 people displaced. The firm collected perishable orthoimagery and lidar and was able to share that information on a website and app within two days of the disaster.
Skanska announced that the Expo Line Phase 2 Extension received Envision Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. It is the first transit project to receive the certification as well as Skanskas first Envision-certified project.
Green Business Certification Inc. announced a new credential for landscape architects and sustainability professionals launching Oct. 1, 2016. The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession.
Advanced Microgrid Solutions and the Irvine Ranch Water District announced a public-private partnership (P3) to install the largest network of energy storage systems at a public water agency in the United States.
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This years 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.
H2M architects + engineers was recently awarded the 2016 American Water Works Association (AWWA) New Jersey Employer Support Award. The award recognizes employers that support their employees growth and development process.
Smart Cities Council, the worlds largest smart cities network, will award five challenge grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability.
Dodge Data & Analytics will host its 78th annual Dodge Construction Outlook Executive Conference, Oct. 19-20, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The conference will culminate in Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murrays presentation of the 2017 forecast, a pivotal economic benchmark for the industry.
Dewberry is proceeding with a task order from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for imagery and data interpretation of the recent Louisiana floods under the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys strategic source indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, remote sensing to support incident management and homeland security contract.
Hill International, in association with principal subconsultant CH2M, received a contract from Valley Metro Rail operating in the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, Ariz., to provide professional consulting services for program management and construction management.
Gregory A. Kelly, president and CEO of the U.S. and Latin America region of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, was named the 2016 Gallery of Success awardee by Temple Universitys College of Engineering.
The Detroit Metropolitan Airports Runway and Associated Taxiways Reconstruction project received the Envision rating systems Silver award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), which recognizes sustainable infrastructure across the full range of environmental, social and economic impacts.
Civil engineers at Purdue University are leading a project with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to learn how to use a type of bridge pile often seen in offshore applications, research that could help reduce the cost of bridge building or replacement of aging spans.
Oldcastle Precast supplied more than 330,000 square feet of The Neel Companys Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) approved T-WALL Retaining Wall System for Philadelphias Interstate 95 Corridor Reconstruction Project.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis, announced its 2016 Outstanding Facility Awards. The Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park (OKC Tennis Center) has been named one of eight winners in the Large Facility category. The new facility is a fabric structure designed to USTA standards with six regulation courts.
The Principal Riverwalk Pavilion in Des Moines, Iowa, has earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program. Members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction during a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 30.
Tekla Global BIM Awards recognize projects that are pushing the boundaries of BIM to create the worlds most impressive structural designs. This year, 73 winners of local Tekla BIM Awards from around the world competed for the global prize, demonstrating the advancement of BIM and construction.
New construction starts in August soared 21% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, following lackluster activity in July. The August rise for total construction starts featured an especially elevated amount for nonresidential building.
The Dayton Metro Library contracted with Woolpert to provide engineering services for several branches Miamisburg, West Carrollton, West and Southeast as part of the librarys comprehensive facilities upgrade. The upgrade, made possible by a $187 million bond levy passed in 2012, intends to transition the facilities from the traditional books and bricks libraries to modern community centers with cutting-edge technology.
Sentera, LLC, a global provider of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sensors, and data management platforms, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Dynamic UAV Solutions North America, LLC, a new distributor in the commercial UAV space for the mapping, construction, survey, and agricultural, inspection, mining, public safety, and landfill industries.
The New York City Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Design and Construction (DDC) announced that work has been completed on construction of 122 rain gardens in the Bronx neighborhoods of Wakefield, Edenwald, and Eastchester. Each rain garden has been specially designed to collect and absorb up to 2,500 gallons of stormwater each time it rains.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will start work on the McCormick Quarry Bridge in East Providence on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. As with the recently replaced East Shore Expressway Bridge, this process involves an 80-hour rapid replacement.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the project finalists in the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program. The annual awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.
A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to cloud computing for a smarter, self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. The concept will get its first test when it is installed Sept. 22 on Michigans Mackinac Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.
Construction backlog for large contractors reached a new peak of 14.06 months during the second quarter of 2016, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI). Nationally, average backlog fell to 8.5 months during the second quarter, down 1.6 percent from the prior quarter.
The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) announced that the Oct. 13, 2016 episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. will feature a segment on hot-dip galvanizing. The episode will explore how hot-dip galvanized steel impacts your daily life.
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors tops the list of Alabamas largest engineering firms, according to Business Alabamas annual survey, for the second year in a row.
Linda Bailey, Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.
For the last four years Autodesk has sponsored the Excellence in Infrastructure Competition to showcase stellar examples of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in action within the civil engineering industry. This years competition includes building and construction categories, and showcases projects embracing the future of making things for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and civil infrastructure through the use of innovative and connected BIM technologies.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) confirmed the U.S. cement industry is on target to see annual cement consumption grow by 4 percent, as projected earlier this year.
The American Wood Council (AWC) was on hand to welcome the Timber City exhibit to the National Building Museum, which runs through May 2017 in Washington, D.C. The exhibition demonstrates the many advantages offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including strength, fire resistance, sustainability and beauty.
The Florida Department of Transportation, Community/Condotte/DeMoya JV, BCC Engineering and FINLEY Engineering Group have won the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for the Section 5 Palmetto SR 826/836 Interchange Bridges (9, 11, 15 and 19).
AECOM signed a framework agreement with Shell regarding delivery of enabling infrastructure works (EIW) across major global projects. The types of project elements that AECOM could deliver under this program include roads, rail, airstrips, marine structures, power, telecommunications, water and sewerage systems, as well as offices, warehouses and workforce accommodation.
Thornton Tomasetti announced that its San Francisco office has achieved LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors (CI) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under its new LEED v4 ratings system. The 15,000-square-foot space is the first CI project in the U.S. to be certified Platinum under the new ratings system and was one of only 25 LEED-CI projects worldwide that participated in the LEED v4 beta program.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that all 15 state DOTs and agencies using AssetWise InspectTech achieved compliance with annual Federal Highway Administration MAP-21 National Bridge Inventory, and National Bridge Element reporting requirements and successfully submitted reports on time.
Los Angeles World Airports released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The LAMP includes a 2.25- mile Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Center, two Intermodal Transfer Facilities, roadway and highway upgrades, transportation management policies, and related plan amendments and other entitlements.
Although bamboo has been used as a building material for millennia, only recently have public and private organizations studied the plants mechanical properties and worked toward developing construction standards.
The U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 legislation containing the Water Systems Council’s (WSC) top federal priority, The Water Supply Cost Savings Act on a vote of 95 to 3. The Savings Act aims to reduce federal, state and local costs of providing high quality drinking water to millions of Americans in rural communities by facilitating the use of cost-effective alternatives like water well systems.
Imagine H2O (IH2O), a water innovation accelerator, launched its 2017 Water Data Challenge. The program will identify and engage promising startups delivering data and analytics solutions to drive smarter water resource management in industrial, municipal and agricultural markets.
Scheduled to open on September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture represents much more than a cultural and architectural landmark. It is also set to be a representation of best practices in sustainable building design.
Design and construction of healthier buildings is a key business benefit for building owners, developers, managers and investors, according to the results of a new SmartMarket Report released by Dodge Data & Analytics and to which the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a contributing partner.
Michael Baker International moved up three positions in The Pittsburgh Business Times ranking of largest privately held companies in the region, based on 2015 revenues. The company is now ranked sixth in the Pittsburgh market.
Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, released a new video examining the innovative use of concrete in New York Citys modern architecture to add strength to the worlds most famous skyline and durability to all five boroughs.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf lauded PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards for the departments innovative mobile construction app, noting that use of the mobile technology by field staff is helping save money and meeting the administrations GO-TIME challenge for state government to work smarter.
In March, Raleigh, N.C.-based engineering firm Mulkey announced that it changed its name to CALYX Engineers + Consultants. The rebranding was in response to a new chapter in the company’s history, marked by the retirement of founder Barbara Mulkey. Beginning with a focus on transportation engineering, the 23-year-old firm has expanded to include comprehensive civil, […]
Los Osos, Calif., is an unincorporated community of approximately 5,000 homes and 15,000 residents situated on the coastline of San Luis Obispo County. It is at the southern end of Morro Bay and adjacent to the Morro Bay National Estuary and State Marine Reserve. The area became a subdivision in the late 19th century and […]
Ten structural steel building projects chosen from nearly 100 submissions earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program. Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for more than half a century, the award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by […]
CH2M joined the Value of Water Coalition and hundreds of water agencies, businesses, elected officials, schools and community organizations from across the United States for Imagine a Day Without Water, a national campaign taking place September 15, 2016 aimed to educate and raise awareness about how water is essential, invaluable and needs investment.
Eleven student design projects have been honored in the 16th annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the competition encourages architecture students from across North America to explore the use of steel in structural design.
Bentley Systems announced OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition, providing civil and transportation professionals quick access to civil design information in the field. OpenRoads Navigator supports Windows, iOS, and Android.
The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a $1.04 billion federal grant agreement with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to extend existing Blue Line Trolley service from downtown San Diego to the growing University City area.
Bentley Fellow Dr. Zheng Yi Wu and a team from Rutgers University jointly published a paper, Analysis of Dominant Factors Associated with Hurricane Damages to Residential Structures Using the Rough Set Theory, in the March 29, 2016 issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) journal Natural Hazards Review. The research leveraged data collected from advanced remote sensing technologies.
Skanska USA signed a $398.5 million contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to re-build the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Fla. The 3.7-mile long project will replace the existing four-lane bridge built in the 1960s with two new, three-lane bridges. Leading the projects design is engineering and design firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Innovyze released InfoMaster LCCA for developing a sound long-term, cost-efficient asset rehabilitation program based on a Life Cycle Cost Analysis that takes total ownership costs into account.
U.S. construction companies are not embracing technological advancements, such as drone aircrafts, robotics, RFID equipment and materials tracking, and data analytics, according to KPMG Internationals Building a technology advantage Global Construction Survey 2016.
Following a two-year effort, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a report, Bridge Information Modeling Standardization, which sets a path to implement the use of computer modeling for bridge construction in the United States.
The WateReuse Association recognized extraordinary leadership in water reuse during its Annual Awards luncheon at the 31st Annual WateReuse Symposium. The awards program highlights utilities, businesses, and people that provide leadership in advancing water reuse.
Hill International received a contract extension from the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) to provide design-build project management services during the next phase of the E360 Segment of the East Link Light Rail extension project near Seattle.
On August 24, 2016, Skelly and Loy attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station situated just outside Smithton in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, Pa. The plant will operate two state-of-the-art natural gas-fueled turbines to produce 925 megawatts of electricity.
MWH, now part of Stantec, was awarded an $11.9 million engineering services contract by the Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, for the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project, a 90,000-acre-foot reservoir to be located near Loveland, Colo. MWH will provide detailed design for a 360-foot-tall dam the largest dam built in Colorado in 50 years spillway and outlet works.
Bentley Systems announced OpenRoads ConceptStation, a conceptual modeling application that enables rapid and iterative conceptual and preliminary design, leveraging contextual information obtained through point clouds, reality meshes, GIS, and other sources.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that 31 communities, counties, and states are asking voters to pass public transit ballot measures on Nov. 8.
Pinellas County, Fla., hired Woolpert to implement Cityworks software and develop a comprehensive enterprise asset management (EAM) program. The $6.5 million, multiyear contract includes the development of an asset management program, software installation and configuration, enterprise system integrations and deployment to all divisions that manage county infrastructure assets.
New York City leads the United States for sustainability, according to the Sustainable Cities Index from Arcadis. From 22 North American cities measured, New York City ranks ahead of Boston (5th), San Francisco (6th) and Seattle (7th).
Hill International was awarded a contract by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide program management support services in connection with the Gateway Program.
The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) published the Technical Program for the International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation DFIs 41st Annual Conference. The conference introduces a new technical track featuring seepage control and remediation for dam and levee projects worldwide, in addition to the technical program on deep foundations and earth retention.
The National Center for Employee Ownership, a private non-profit organization, released the Employee Ownership 100, the largest 100 companies (by employment) owned by employee stock ownership plan (ESOPs) or other arrangements in which at least 50 percent of the stock is owned by 50 percent or more of the workforce. Eight of the companies on the list are in the engineering industry, collectively employing about 65,000 people.
The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers joined Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and other local officials to celebrate the opening of the Cincinnati Streetcar. The new line is the cornerstone of Cincinnatis efforts to expand transportation options and revitalize the heart of the city.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists in the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition. Twelve projects from 10 state departments of transportation are now competing for the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.
A new ASTM International standard provides a test method that uses a specialized tool to prepare samples of and to test the density of roller compacted concrete (RCC). This will help companies that design mixes of RCC as well as laboratories that test RCC.
Terracon and Consultech, a recognized small disadvantaged business (SBD) and woman-owned enterprise (WBE) providing environmental consulting and construction, announced the establishment of their mentor-protg relationship.
ISG acquired Green Bay, Wis.-based Raasch Associates, Inc., better known as Raasch Engineers | Architects, serving as the eighth location to the multi-disciplinary firms footprint.
International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti expanded its presence in Brazil and Latin America through a strategic alliance with So Paulo-based firm BRZ-Experts.
A new journal article from Abt Associates and partners offers key lessons for making research on climate change meet the specific needs of water utilities.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced 18 infrastructure projects across the country that will receive federal grants as part of the new Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program. The grants, totaling nearly $800 million, will be combined with other funding from federal, state, local, and private sources to support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure announced that the Kansas City Streetcar Project, owned by the City of Kansas City, Mo., and managed by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, recently earned the Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure, which is the highest level of the Envision rating system.
The Joint Water Commission (JWC) the primary drinking water supplier in Washington County, Ore., owned in partnership by the Cities of Hillsboro, Beaverton, Forest Grove and the Tualatin Valley Water District selected CH2M to deliver a multi-year water treatment facility plan and expansion project for the JWC Water Treatment Plant.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Community/Condotte/DeMoya JV, BCC Engineering and FINLEY Engineering Group (FINLEY) have won the 2016 FICE Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award for the Section 5 Palmetto SR826/836 Interchange (Bridges 9, 11, 15 and 19).
Bentley Systems announced the general availability of the CONNECT Edition of ConstructSim, which supports a construction-driven execution for project planning and aligns engineering and procurement with Path of Construction by providing visibility into the quality and timing of deliverables.
GRESB, a data provider for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets, released the results of the 2016 GRESB Real Estate, Developer and Debt assessments. The new data show that real estate companies and funds are improving across all aspects of ESG performance, including a 1.2 percent reduction in energy consumption, 2 percent reduction in GHG emissions and close to 1 percent reduction in water use and are putting greater focus on occupant health and well-being.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding 10 and proposing to add eight hazardous waste sites to the Superfund programs National Priorities List (NPL).
In advance of a Borough of Edgewater, N.J., hearing to consider rebuilding the burned-down Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex with the same lightweight wood-frame construction method, Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, released a new poll that found registered New Jersey voters are very supportive of the state making changes to construction codes in the wake of the fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a waiver to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) permitting the firm to operate drones at night. WJE was one of more than 70 organizations receiving waivers on August 29 from the FAA.
Stanley Consultants has expanded its presence in the Pacific Region with a new office in Honolulu. The office provides a central location to support clients and teaming partners on projects in the Pacific, from Alaska to the Philippines, Australia, and beyond.
WateReuse Arizona selected Tucson, Ariz.’s Potable Water Reuse Pilot as its 2016 Project of the Year recipient. The six-month pilot test was conducted by CH2M under a tailored collaboration project between Tucson Water and the University of Arizona for the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF-13-09).
In honor of the retirement of the companys former CEO, RETTEW recently established the George W. Rettew, Jr. Endowed Scholarship at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Initially funded at $17,000, the scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in need.
BSD and Kahua announced the integration of BSD’s automated construction specification-writing software, BSD SpecLink-E, with Kahua’s project management and collaboration platform.
The City of Chicago is launching Vision Zero Chicago, a data-driven, multi-agency approach designed to improve traffic safety for all road users whether in vehicles, on bikes or on foot.
The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre renovation by Levin & Associates Architect, and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture restorations of the Olan G. and Aida T. Hafley House and the Killingsworth Office Building recently received national recognition by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Structural Focus partnered with these renowned architects on the renovation of these iconic structures.
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) received confirmation from ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES), that its ESR-3010 Precast Concrete Diaphragm seismic design methodology complies with the provisions of the 2012 and 2015 International Building Code.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) named the South Essex Sewerage District’s Marblehead Pipeline Replacement Project as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2016.
After receiving the final order from the Iowa Utilities Board, MidAmerican Energy Company is finalizing plans to begin construction of 1,000 wind turbines at multiple sites across Iowa, which are still being finalized.
Hatch announced that Indisa S.A., an engineering firm with over 37 years experience in Colombia and Mexico, has joined the Hatch Group of Companies. Working together as Hatch-Indisa, this new partnership will further enhance Hatchs growing presence in Latin America.